Can individuals apply for a trademark?

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Written by Tomas Orsula

Senior Trademark Attorney

A trademark can be owned by corporations, trusts, estates, LLCs, sole proprietorships, and yes, also individuals. However, please bear in mind this might require additional paperwork to:

  • license the use of your trademark to an entity that is going to provide the goods/services associated with the trademark, which will most likely be your own company or an external provider, and
  • carry out an ownership transfer should you decide to sell your company.

In this article, you can learn more about registering a trademark in personal vs business name.

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